Video Documentation of Syrian Brutality
Human Rights Watch video has posted a video documenting Syrian brutality against peaceful protesters as Syrian President Bashar Assad escalates force, using helicopters to bomb the city of Hama.
WARNING: The video includes scenes that are not suitable for young children.
Friday’s protests were dedicated to the children of the uprising, and The Local Coordinating Committees in Syria reported that more than 72 children have been killed by security forces.
“This week, at least seven children died at the hands of the security forces,” the Committees stated, including a 10-year-old who died after her school bus was shelled in Homs and a four-year-old shot and killed on her home."
The death toll neared 1,500 Saturday after Syrian secret police, soldiers and hired thugs gunned down dozens of demonstrators.
Syria cut Internet service Friday night but restored it after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a statement that “the Syrian government has a history of restricting the Internet in an attempt to prevent the Syrian people from accessing and sharing information. The Syrian government must understand that attempting to silence its population cannot prevent the transition currently taking place. We believe that even in the face of significant obstacles, the Syrian people will -- and should -- find a way to make their voices heard.”
Syria’s official and government-controlled news agency SANA continued to report that “terrorists” have attacked police and soldiers.
The aerial attack on Hama was the first time since the deadly bombing of demonstrators in the same city in 1982 that Syria has used aircraft to bomb its citizens, similar to force used by Libyan Muammar Qaddafi, who is holding on to power in the prolonged assault against rebels.
Assad continues to resist worldwide condemnation while ratcheting up the brutality against the protest movement, which has met the violent suppression with even larger demonstrations that are routinely ended by massive and indiscriminate firing by soldiers and police.